Nathalie Dubois

Special Issue

Guest Editors' Remarks: How Does Complexity Impact Evaluation? / Un mot des rédacteurs invités : En quoi la complexité a-t-elle des répercussions sur l’évaluation?

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Discussion: Practice-Based Evaluation as a Response to Adress Intervention Complexity

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105-113

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Book reviews

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139-146

Marisol Estrella (Ed.). (2000). Learning from Change: Issues and Experiences in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre. 274 pages. (Reviewed by Ronald Mackay)Irving Rootman, Michael Goodstadt, Brian Hyndman, David V. McQueen, Louise Potvin, Jane Springett, & Erio Ziglio (Éds.) (2001). Evaluation in Health Promotion: Principles and Perspectives. WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 92, Denmark, 533 pages. (Compte rendu par Nathalie Dubois)

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Un état des lieux théoriques de l'évaluation: une discipline à la remorque d'une révolution scientifique qui n'en finit pas

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This article examines the present state of the theoretical bases of program evaluation by applying key analytical criteria proposed by Kuhn and by Lakatos for the study of scientific disciplines. The study identifies the main theoretical and empirical components of the discipline, clarifies their interactions, and discusses their influence on the development of the discipline. The application of the analytical model leads to the acknowledgement that evaluation is currently at the third stage of development of the disciplines, scientific revolution, which assumes an upcoming change in the discipline's dominant foundations. However, the structuring of knowledge, the relationship between theory and empirical research, and the epistemological schism prevailing in the social sciences contribute to keeping evaluation in a never-ending state of scientific revolution.